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Toby Keith in, Paul Anka out at inauguration. And don’t ask Marie Osmond about it

Counry singer Toby Keith will perform at a concert at the Lincoln Memorial on the day before the inauguration next week.
Counry singer Toby Keith will perform at a concert at the Lincoln Memorial on the day before the inauguration next week. Associated Press

You win some, you lose some, so Trump inauguration planners found out on Friday.

They announced that singers Toby Keith and Jennifer Holliday, along with rock band 3 Doors Down, will perform at a pre-inauguration concert in Washington on Thursday.

But Paul Anka is out.

And that news about Holliday? It was premature, her rep said.

Anka told TMZ he has to back out of plans to perform “My Way” at one of the inauguration balls because of a scheduling conflict.

The move is not a protest against his longtime friend, Anka insisted.

He told TMZ Trump personally invited him to sing the song as Trump danced with his wife, Melania. But Anka now has to take care of business concerning an ongoing custody case for his son, he told the website.

“If I had done it, I would hope there would be some understanding for my motivation for it and judge me accordingly,” he told TMZ.

Keith and 3 Doors Down will perform on Inauguration Eve during an event billed as the “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration” at the Lincoln Memorial, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Friday.

Inauguration spokesman Boris Epshteyn also tweeted that Holliday would be part of that lineup.

But later, a spokesman for the “Dreamgirls” singer confirmed that she’d been asked to perform but has not yet agreed.

“Jennifer has been asked to perform but she hasn’t officially agreed to do so yet,” her publicist, Bill Carpenter, told TheWrap. “I’ll let you know later this afternoon for sure if she’ll be performing.”

In recent days Marie Osmond sounded like she was offering her services to a planning committee that has come up short on A-list performers willing to perform for the incoming commander-in-chief.

But she clarified — backtracked on? — her comments Thursday in a statement posted to Twitter.

During an interview with Yahoo Finance earlier in the week she was asked if she had been invited to perform.

“I have not,” she said. “…When it comes to our country, I think we need to unite. And to not support our president, I think, is wrong. I think we should all support our president whether we’re happy or sad.”

What she really meant: “I have no intention of performing at this inauguration, no matter who won!”

“I try to stay out of politics. I’m an entertainer. My interview statement simply tried to be nice and promote a message of love, not hate.”

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